Sunday, 9 December 2018

# Saints

Saint Juan Diego


The 9th of December is the feast day of Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474–1548). He is also known as Juan Diego. He is the patron saint of indigenous peoples.

Saint Juan Diego lived between 1474 till 1548. He was a poor but humble peasant, the lowest class of Aztec Indians in today’s Mexico. He had native name which was Cuauhtlatoatzin, it means “eagle that talks.” At the age of 50 he was baptised by a Franciscan missionary priest and took up the Christian name of Juan Diego. On the 9th of December 1531, which was the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady appeared to him as he went on his way to mass. She appeared as a pregnant Aztec princess on the hill of Tepayac in what is today’s Mexico City. She left her image on Juan Diego’s tilma as proof of her appearance to the local bishop. The image is now known as Our Lady of Guadalupe and the tilma can still be seen in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Saint Juan Diego was canonised in 2002 by Pope Saint John Paul II. He is the first indigenous saint from the Americas.

Image: Juan Diego by Miguel Cabrera, 1752

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

February 2, 2019 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, the love and goodness of the Heavenly Father give revelations, which make faith grow, for it to be interpreted, that it may bring peace, certainty and hope. In this way, I, too, my children, through the merciful love of the Heavenly Father, always, anew, am showing you the way to my Son, to eternal salvation. But, unfortunately, many of my children do not want to hear me; many of my children are of two minds. And I always, in time and beyond time, magnified the Lord for all that He has done in me and through me. My Son gives Himself to you and breaks the bread with you. He speaks the words of eternal life to you so that you may carry them to everyone. And you, my children, apostles of my love, what are you afraid of when my Son is with you? Offer your souls to Him so that He can be in them and that He can make you instruments of faith, instruments of love. My children, live the Gospel, live merciful love for your neighbors, and, above all, live love for the Heavenly Father. My children, you are not united by chance. The Heavenly Father does not unite anyone by chance. My Son speaks to your souls. I speak to your heart. As a mother I am saying to you: set out with me, love one another, and give witness. Do not be afraid, with your example, to defend the truth - the Word of God, which is eternal and never changes. My children, whoever acts in the light of merciful love and truth is always helped by Heaven and is not alone. Apostles of my love, may you always be recognized among all others by your hiddenness, love and radiance. I am with you. Thank you.

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